Bookworm Friday: Five Books Recommendations from Iryna Marchenko


On a daily basis, Iryna is a Test Engineer for Big Data.

She says: I’ve always loved to read. My perfect summer vacation at childhood was: good fiction book and some fruits on the plate nearby. Now I’m opening for myself a new world of non-fiction books. 

Check out her five Books Recommendations!


1. Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions by Dan Ariely

This book shows that rational choice theory doesn't work as it should in a lot of cases. It's written in an ironic manner with a lot of examples not only in marketing but also in decision making and self-development.

2. The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman

I suggest reading this book to those who want to understand the difference between good and bad design practices. It doesn't have huge how-to, but it is a good starting point in the design world.

3. Chimpanzee Politics: Power and Sex Among Apes by Frans de Waal

This is the classical book about primate social behaviour (especially conflict resolution and cooperation). Surprisingly, it could make remarkable insights into the most basic human needs and behaviours. As well as show us that animals much closer to humans than we expected or vice versa.

4. How to Talk to Children About Art by Françoise Barbe-Gall

If you are a museum fan and have a child - this book is for you. It will allow you to make museum visits with your child more joyful for both parts. From the other hand, if you never understand the art but want to start to, this book could help as well :)

5. The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

This novel (2013 Man Booker Prize winner) will catch you with detective plot and a bunch of the different characters. But for me, the most attractive in the form of how it is organised - in the very elegant and speeding-up manner it ties you to the book until you reached the end.